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FOX News Pulls "Darker, Gayer" Olympics Article

Splitscreen of Adam Rippon, Fox News.

FOX News has pulled an article many deemed offensive.

Friday, an article, written by an Executive Vice President at FOX News named John Moody went viral for some controversial reasons. In the article, Moody suggests that the United States Olympic Committee is more interested in having a diverse set of Olympians than actually winning medals.

Moody's article was live for a few hours, but was eventually pulled and deleted from FOX News' archives. Of course, enough users took screenshots in the time it was live.

The first two paragraphs of the post are the most controversial:

"Unless it's changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been "Faster, Higher, Stronger." It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to "Darker, Gayer, Different." If your goal is to win medals, that won't work.

A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics. That was followed by a, frankly, embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year's U.S. team. No sport that we are aware of awards points - or medals - for skin color or sexual orientation."

FOX News has issued a statement on the column, saying it "does not reflect views or values of FOX News."

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post obtained a quote as well. FOX told him that it did not put the column through the "proper vetting process."

If you're interested in reading the entire article, you can do so below.

There's no word on whether FOX will continue to let Moody write on its platform.